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Michael Barry-Rec - Continuum (2014)

Rock, Ambient, Folk | Author: artmuss | 4-04-2014, 08:03
Michael Barry-Rec - Continuum (2014)
Artist: Michael Barry-Rec
Title Of Album: Continuum
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Michael Barry-Rec
Genre: New Age, Instrumental, Folk Rock, Americana
Total Time: 43:15 min
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 245 mb

Several months ago, I spent four incredible days at Montrose Recording Studio in Richmond Virginia recording the tracks for this album. Unlike my previous experiences piecing things together over a relatively long period, this was a wonderful submersion, after which all the basic tracks for Continuum were complete. Although the songs themselves came through and surfaced as life experience allowed, the studio time itself was quite focused (but) with breath! It was the environment and all involved that kept the creative doors open and the magic bouncing off the walls!

From Indie Music Digests review of Continuum by Cyrus Rhodes - The CD gently takes to flight with hypnotic “Rendezvous”. This song serves up infectious Americana guitar ambience meshed against mesmerizing musical movement, hypnotic rhythm and well placed solos that gently leads you by the hand down the path of musical indulgence. Track 2 “Cause and Effects” changes course a bit with its slamming guitar chops, impressive fretwork painted against a grand mosaic of vivid sound. The upbeat musical flow of this piece brilliantly moves like an ocean across the ears. Track 3 “Clockwise” is an impressive electro-earthy piece that is quite dynamic, full of tasty keyboard chops, and musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. All in all one of my favorite pieces on the CD. This piece is remarkably striking to the ears as well with its Americana Guitar touches and hypnotic vibe. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic California Guitar Trio Daniel Lanois Early Pink Floyd. In my own words - if Eric Clapton released a CD of just guitar work I suspect it would sound a lot like this. I would classify this music as Americana Guitar-driven Instrumental with a folksy-new age flair. I can also hear experimental type music with classic “George Winston” flair. The CD presents brilliant yet conservative flashes of impressive fretwork and all things instrumentally therapeutic. You will also notice rich layers of instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamics, lap steel, bass, drums, Hammond Organ, and Piano meshed against well placed low end rhythm section and enticing melodies. Barry-Rec showcases some impressive playing and feel. His playing might not be as technical as say Adrian Legg however he brings a lot of feel and heart to the fretboard. Michael Barry-Rec possess solid musical instincts. From passionate “Sanctum” to melodic “Field That Never Die” to jamming “Shake Rag Shuffle” to stroking “Labyrinth” to my favorite piece “Mystified” this CD has something for just about everyone!


01] Rendezvous
02] Cause and Effects
03] Clock Wise
04] Sanctum
05] Fields That Never Die
06] Shake Rag Shuffle
07] Labyrinth
08] Lotus
09] Mystified
10] In Visible
11] Beckon
12] Two Way Dream
13] Buried In The Sky

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